How to make delicious homemade whipped cream. This simple recipe requires just 3 ingredients and is the perfect addition or topping to any dessert.
Whipped Cream 101
We love dessert here, and so many of our treats call for the same ingredient – whipped cream! It’s a standard when we are talking about desserts (hello Cream Puff Cake and Dirt Cake) and although you can buy Cool Whip from the store, today we wanted to share with you our favorite recipe for homemade whipped cream.
You won’t believe how easy and how delicious it is to make a homemade version of whipped cream. It takes just minutes and the result is far better than anything that can be bought at the store. For this recipe, you need just 3 ingredients:
- heavy whipping cream
- powdered sugar
Because whipping cream and heavy cream have high fat content, they are ideal in making homemade whipped cream.
Is heavy cream the same as heavy whipping cream?
They are essentially the same thing, since both contain at least 36% or more milk fat. They will produce a thicker whipped cream that will whip better and hold its shape longer than whipping cream, which contains 30% – 35% milk fat.
How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream
As we mentioned, this whipped cream recipe is so simple!
To get started, place your mixing bowl and whisk attachment (or beaters if mixing with a hand mixer) in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill.
Once chilled, remove from the freezer and add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla to your bowl. Whether your are using the Kitchen-aid or a hand-mixer, start mixing on low speed then increase to medium-high and mix until soft peaks form.
How to fix over-whipped cream?
No worries – just whisk in a little more cream and mix – soft peaks should still form.
How to make whipped cream in the food processor?
It’s true! Did you know you could make whipped cream in the food processor? Just add the cold heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and mix for a few minutes. The bowl and blade can be room temp too, so the process is quick!
Try this version if you have a food processor and need whipped cream quick!
Don’t have a mixer or food processor? You can also make it in a jar! Just add all the ingredients to a jar, add the lid and shake for about 5 minutes. Works like a charm!
How long does homemade whipped cream last?
If stored in an air-tight container in the fridge, it should last for 2-3 days. If making in advance, and whipped cream deflates a bit, add a little more whipped cream and beat again right before using (or see our tip below about adding gelatin to keep things fluffy). 😉
How to freeze homemade whipped cream?
All you have to do is dollop spoonfuls of your leftover whipped cream onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for about 1-2 hours, and when solid, store in an air-tight container or freezer bag in the freezer.
Need thick, perky Whipped Cream?
There is a trick we have used to make sure whipped cream doesn’t deflate in the first hour. The secret? Gelatin!
To make it, add ¼ cup cold water to a small pot, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of unflavored, powdered gelatin. Let the gelatin soften and absorb the water, which takes about 4-5 minutes. Place pan over low heat and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Let cool.
Make your whipped cream as usual and slowly add gelatin mixture until soft peaks re-form. You’ll get soft, fluffy mounds that stay fluffy!!
Can you make dairy-free whipped cream?
Yes, we recommend using full-fat coconut milk. Use just the solidified coconut fat at the top of the can, which can be used to whip into a smooth, creamy topping.
We love this recipe so much and use it in so many of desserts! Sometimes, it’s mixed in the dessert or just on top, but it’s something we use all the time and this homemade version can’t be beat!
Here are some of our favorite desserts to make with whipped cream:
This is just a handful of some of our favorites that use whipped cream!
So simple – so delicious!
This recipe makes 4 cups, so halve if needing less. We hope you enjoy this homemade whipped cream as much as we do!
For more dessert toppings, check out:
Whipped Cream Recipe
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- To get started, place your mixing bowl and whisk attachment (or beaters if mixing with a hand mixer) in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill.
- Once chilled, remove from the freezer and add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla to your bowl. Whether your are using the Kitchen-aid or a hand-mixer, start mixing on low speed then increase to medium-high and mix until soft peaks form.